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SF 909

as introduced - 93rd Legislature (2023 - 2024) Posted on 01/31/2023 08:04am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to higher education; modifying teacher shortage loan forgiveness eligibility
to include nonpublic schools; amending Minnesota Statutes 2022, section
136A.1791, subdivision 1.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 136A.1791, subdivision 1, is amended to

Subdivision 1.


(a) The terms used in this section have the meanings given
them in this subdivision.

(b) "Qualified educational loan" means a government, commercial, or foundation loan
for actual costs paid for tuition and reasonable educational and living expenses related to a
teacher's preparation or further education, only if the further education will result in the
teacher decreasing the gap in a new shortage area.

(c) "School district" means an independent school district, special school district,
intermediate district, education district, special education cooperative, service cooperative,
a cooperative center for vocational education, deleted text begin ordeleted text end a charter schoolnew text begin , or a nonpublic school,
excluding a home school,
new text end located in Minnesota.

(d) "Teacher" means an individual holding a teaching license issued by the Professional
Educator Licensing and Standards Board who is employed by a school district to provide
classroom instruction.

(e) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of the Office of Higher Education unless
indicated otherwise.

(f) "License shortage area" has the meaning given in section 136A.1275, subdivision 1,
paragraph (b).

(g) "Racial or ethnic group underrepresented in the teacher workforce" means a racial
or ethnic group for which the aggregate percentage of Minnesota teachers of that racial or
ethnic group is lower than the aggregate percentage of Minnesota kindergarten through
grade 12 students of that racial or ethnic group.

(h) "Rural school district" means a school district with fewer than 30 resident pupil units
under section 126C.05, subdivision 6, per square mile.